UNC Basketball: Tar Heels' 5 Keys to Winning the ACC

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UNC Basketball: Tar Heels' 5 Keys to Winning the ACC
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels enter the ACC schedule ranked No. 19 in the country with a record of 10-3. While that record seems woefully familiar, this UNC squad is in much better shape heading into conference play than the 10-3 'Heels of 2012-13.

The 2013-14 squad already has three wins over AP Top 25 opponents, playing their best ball of the season against those teams. It was just the opposite last season as they were pounded by Indiana and Texas, only picking up one Top 25 win with a victory over UNLV.

The sophomores have improved tremendously and the freshmen seem to be mentally prepared for the gauntlet that is the Atlantic Coast Conference. But in order to win the ACC, the Tar Heels will have to be at the top of their games every night for 40 minutes.

The following five focal points will be key if Carolina plans to hang another banner in the rafters of the Dean Dome.

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